American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A literary movement launched by British and American poets early in the 20th century that advocated the use of free verse, common speech patterns, and clear concrete images as a reaction to Victorian sentimentalism.
- n. a movement by American and English poets early in the 20th century in reaction to Victorian sentimentality; used common speech in free verse with clear concrete imagery
- image + -ism (Wiktionary)
“We were imagism, cubism, the conventicles and sects respected now by credulous universities.”
“I just finished a horrific literature class about the use of minimalism in post modern writing where my teacher degraded me in the most vitriolic manner because my style is so rooted in imagism.”
“Meanwhile, the other top two books are both by I think white poets -- one is overtly "political poetry" and the other is lyrical imagism.”
“This second work dealt with many biblical themes and reflected the influence of Jewish culture, as well as imagism and Japanese haiku.”
“It can be a particularly valuable introduction to Wordsworth, whose directness of statement is better judged by the standards of song lyrics than of imagism.”
“The relation between imagism and immortality is so obvious as to be invisible.”
“He is the poet for people who feel the magic of music and the grandeur of imagination, without being able to lay their finger on the more recondite nuances of "creative work," without so much as ever having heard of "imagism.”
“Miss Lowell's "Patterns" is one of the most effective of contemporary poems, but it is far more than a document of imagism.”
“_Tendencies in Modern American Poetry_ (1917) the tenets of imagism are stated briefly and clearly.”
“It is absurd to class her as a disciple of free verse, or of imagism, or of polyphonic prose; she delights in trying her hand at all three of these styles of composition, for she is an experimentalist; but much of her work is in the strictest orthodox forms, and when she has what the Methodists used to call _liberty, _ no form or its absence can prevent her from writing poetry.”
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